Global WACh


Global WACh faculty have developed unique courses that offer an engaging curriculum prioritizing multi-disciplinary approaches to solving complex health problems.  Students enrolled in the Global WACh Certificate Program are required to take most of these courses.  For other students, these courses serve as excellent elective courses to expand knowledge in woman, adolescent, and child health topics.  Explore the titles below to learn more.


Autumn Quarter

GH 454/GH544 Bioengineering Solutions to Improve the Health of Families Worldwide

  • Credits: 1-2 (Credit/No Credit)
  • Instructor: Dr. Brandon Guthrie, MPH, PhD
  • Format: Seminar
  • Target Students: GH454 is for undergraduate students and GH544 is for graduate students with an interest in bioengineering in a global health context
  • Description: This seminar series engages students in interdisciplinary discussions about current challenges to the health of women, children and adolescents, and how novel bioengineering approaches may be developed to address these challenges. Students are encouraged to actively participate in discussions to foster creative problem solving and collaboration between students and researchers from clinical, epidemiology, and bioengineering departments.

Winter Quarter

GH544 Maternal Child Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

  • Credits: 3 (Graded)
  • Instructor: Dr. Donna Denno, MD, MPH
  • Format: Course utilizing lectures and interactive small group work, in-class exercises, and discussions
  • Target Students: Graduate students wanting to learn practical approaches to improving maternal and child health in low- and middle-income country settings
  • Description: The course provides an understanding of the causes and functional effects of MCH problems in developing countries

Spring Quarter

GH446/GH546 Global Perspectives on Reproductive Health

  • Credits: 3 (Graded)
  • Instructors: Drs. Alison Drake, MPH, PhD and Jennifer Unger, MD, MPH
  • Format: Course
  • Target Students: GH 446 is for undergraduate students and GH 546 is for graduate students from all schools and departments who have an interest in global reproductive health
  • Description: The course will engage students from diverse disciplines including public health, demography, epidemiology, policy, sociology, and medicine, in topics on global reproductive health. The course will focus on family planning and population policy, including the following topics: male and female contraception, abortion policies, human rights, HIV/STIs, access to services, and cost-effectiveness of contraception. This landscape course is designed to give students an overview of global reproductive health, and encourage interdisciplinary learning through active participation in lectures and discussions. It will emphasize current issues, challenges, and strategies to improve reproductive health, with a focus on resource-limited settings.